This Bible Verse from Proverbs 3:5-6 has a lot of personal meaning to me. At one time I suffered with severe anxiety, and it ruled my life. The worries and anxiety I had wore me down and I became physically sick. I felt hopeless and if it hadn’t been for my loving family, I know things would have turned out differently for me. During this time of trial for me I was introduced to this verse from Proverbs 3:5-6 which reads:
“ Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
The New Living Translation reads:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
While there was no immediate cure from this scripture, I began to recite it over and over, and it wasn’t until I truly got a hold of the meaning of this verse that I began to transform my way of thinking. Once the transformation of my mind and the way I looked at situations began and the healing started.
We need to keep in mind that what Proverbs 3:5-6 is a promise from God that we need grab a hold of it and hide it in our hearts. The truth of the matter is that God loves you, He wants to help you, He wants you to take your burdens and give them to Him.
Too many times we try to “figure it out” or “take care of it” on our own without trusting in Jesus Christ or leaning on Him for help. You see our understanding of certain situations or issues are limited, but God’s understanding is unlimited. We can literally make dealing with tough issues and burdens in our lives a whole lot easier when we admit that we cannot do it ourselves, and we willingly give these things to Christ and put our trust in Him.
Jesus Christ does not want to be a spectator in our lives, constantly watching our lives from the sidelines. He would rather be right there with us, helping us and guiding us through our lives. This is seen through the second part of Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. In all thy ways Acknowledge Him and he shall direct your path”.
The second part of this verse tells us to acknowledge Him. This means to “show or express recognition to”. This is basically showing us that Jesus Christ wants us to acknowledge Him in our troubles, that He wants to know about them, and He wants us to talk to Him about them. He desires a relationship with us, and when we finally decide to let go of trying to do everything ourselves and choose to acknowledge Him instead, our lives become a whole lot easier and less stressful.